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Aradhana (1969)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 27 September 1969 (India)
Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arun / Suraj Prasad Saxena
... Vandhana Tripathi
... Madan Verma
... Renu
Anita Dutt ... Mrs. Prasad Saxena (Woman in the silhouette)
... Prison Warden
... Air Commodore Ganguly
... Ram Prasad Saxena (Man in the silhouette)
Asit Kumar Sen ... Sitaram (as Asit Sen)
Manmohan ... Shyam
Pahadi Sanyal ... Gopal Tripathi (as Pahari Sanyal)
Master Puran
Master Shahid
... Lady Doctor
Sadhana Patel
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Dashing pilot Arun romances Vandana Tripathi, and both in love with each other, become very intimate, and as a result Vandana gets pregnant. Arun and Vandana have a quiet temple wedding ceremony, and Arun leaves to re-join his duties. Unfortunately, Arun is killed, and Vandana is unable to convince anyone of her marriage with him, and as such must re-locate to hide her shame. She gives birth to a baby boy, who she must place in an orphanage, and then adopt. Unfortunately for her, the boy, Suraj, is adopted by someone else. She manages to find out their whereabouts, and gets a job as a servant. When she is about to be molested by Shyam, a relative, Suraj witnesses this, and kills him. Vandana takes the blame for this killing and is sentenced to imprisonment, leaving her son and her life behind, for a crime she did not commit. When she returns everything has changed, and she is unable to locate the family where her son was. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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In the song sequence 'Mere Sapon ki Rani', Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966. See more »

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In the opening song sequence , Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966. The film was released in 1969, so it is clear that the flashback was shown in a time which was actually a "flash-forward", which is impossible.She should have been shown reading The Heart of the Matter (1948), a novel by the English author Graham Greene. See more »

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Referenced in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) See more »

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Gunguna Rahe Hain Bhanware Khil Rahi Hai Kali Kali
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Sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle
Music composed by Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
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Entry of the Super star
15 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Aradhana introduces to Indian cinema a great talent Rajesh Khanna. Though this was not his first movie, but this movie brought him acclaim,recognition and Super Star status. The movie has him in a double role where he succeeds in showing different characters. Sharmila Tagore shines in the movie and acts well.The music of Sachin Dev Burman is immortal and all songs were super hit. Kishore Kumar's voice fits Rajesh Khanna's screen image as if either Rajesh Khanna is singing the songs or if Kishore Kumar has become Rajesh Khanna. One voice Two souls. The movie's story is very touchy and is a tear jerker. However, Rajesh Khanna steals the show with good performances by Ashok Kumar, Asit Sen, Sujit Kumar, Pahari Sanyal, Farida Jalal among others. This Shakti Samanta movie is a must see.


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